Innovative and inclusive music and arts in Cumbria and NE

Music From The Wild

2 micro grants & 2 commissions

BlueJam Arts has received funding from Youth Music to help four 18-25 year olds from Cumbria develop their career in the music industry. Through support, mentoring and funding, four young people will create their first EP – and two will learn technical, leadership and promotional skills to help other musicians to create theirs too.

Two young people will receive a micro-grant: £1000 each plus support and mentoring to help them create their EP. This will be presented at a showcase at the end of the project.

Two young people will be awarded a larger freelance contract worth £4000 each to help organise specific parts of the project and create the EPs for those receiving a micro-grant (developing leadership, technical and promotional skills) while also receiving support and mentorship for their own EP or production/collaboration too.

Mentors will include Bryony Jarman-Pinto (signed with TruThoughts), Tom Leah (Werkha) (signed with OneWord), Chris Bartholomew (theatre sound designer), Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi & Clare Sambrook (Shine A Light- award-winning investigative journalists) and Melanie Baker (Modern Musician – A music industry mentor scheme).

The project runs from January – September 2022.


Click here (or on the yellow button) to fill in the application form. The deadline is 23rd January 2022.

You must be aged between 18 and 25, live in Cumbria and be able to attend meetings and events at the BlueJam Arts Space in Penrith.

Please contact Jilly at if you have any questions or if you would like to chat to someone before you submit your application.